HKQ Kids

Halloween Safety tips

For Trick-or-Treaters:

• Make sure your kids aren’t hungry when they go out Halloweening. That will help curb snacking.
• Urge your kids to wait until they get home to start in on their goody bags. It’s important for you to see what they have received.
• Carefully inspect every single item. Discard any item that is not commercially wrapped or any wrapper that looks torn or tampered with.
• Remove any choking hazards for young kids, such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or any small toys.
• When choosing snacks or treats, look for fully-wrapped and sealed, shelf-stable items. Small crayon boxes, coloring books, flashlights, glowsticks and stickers are all good alternatives.
• Be sensitive to allergies. Be cautious of items such as peanuts and peanut butter.
• Search out safe and trusted areas to trick-or-treat, such as Kingston Borough’s Trunk or Treat, held at the HKQ Law Parking Lot on Saturday, October 27th, from 5-7pm.

For home parties:

• For apple-bobbing: Make sure every apple is scrubbed with a brush to remove any surface dirt.
• Consider another alternative, choosing paper apples with activities or prizes written on the back.
• Be cautious with unpasteurized apple cider, which could contain salmonella. Use only pasteurized products.
• Keep perishable foods chilled or warm until serving time. Don’t let anything sit for more than an hour or two.
• Keep a watchful eye on burning candles. While candles create a wonderfully mysterious mood, they are also quite attractive to small fingers. Do not leave candles or kids unattended at any time.

For Outside Fun:

• Search out area Trunk or Treats! Kingston Borough will be holding a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 26th from 5-7pm in the parking lot of HKQ Law. Area businesses will have their trunks loaded with treats, and kids will be in a safe environment. The rain date is October 27th, 2-4pm.

• Leave pets at home. While it may be tempting to take them out with you, they may get frightened or feel threatened and bite. They are safest at home on Halloween night.

• Use non-toxic face paint instead of a mask for your kids. Put reflective stickers on their costume and on their goodie bags. Give them light sticks to carry. Be safe, be seen.

• Accompany your children, especially if they are 12 years old or younger. For older kids, remind them to stay in groups, in well-lit, familiar areas.

• Select a costume that fits well, and does not obstruct their vision, to avoid trip and falls.

• The most popular time for trick or treating is 5:30-9:30pm. Remind your kids to be extra careful, and to especially watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Establish eye contact with the driver. Pay attention to signals and crosswalks.

• If you are driving, be extra careful. Drive a little slower, and please, do not use your phone while driving. Anticipate heavier pedestrian traffic and turn your lights on a little earlier in the day.

• Instruct your kids to only walk on sidewalks and pathways, and only cross the street with adults. Look left, right then left again when crossing the street.

• Check treats for tampering. Any unwrapped, faded or partially wrapped items should be thrown away.

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